We are very pleased to announce that our award-winning education department will once again be hosting its After School Club for 120 children from six local schools thanks to funding of £2,000 from the Country Land & Business Association’s Charitable Trust. The money donated by the CLA will pay for transport to bring children to the zoo to take part in a ‘Roots and Shoots’ education programme set by the internationally-acclaimed Jane Goodall Institute, and taught free of charge by Twycross Zoo.
We work tirelessly to educate visitors about the plight of endangered wildlife, and our education department has been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge ensuring it runs education programmes in line with current curriculum standards. The Roots & Shoots programme was set up by Jane Goodall, a world famous primatologist, and is a global initiative that is primarily youth-led. It aims to bring the youth in communities together to identify conservation issues and rectify them through education, campaigning and completing tasks.
The schools benefitting from the funding include Measham School, Oakthorpe School, Sir John Moore School, Donisthorpe School and Newlands School who, without the funding, would be unable to send pupils to the zoo. Year five pupils will each attend five free sessions here where they will undertake a variety of tasks learning about different elements of conservation incorporating animals at the zoo, and international conservation threats as well as local issues.
Activities the children will undertake include learning about some of our most endangered animals such as the Amur leopards, and handling threatened species like Madagascan hissing cockroaches. They are also taught about the importance of conservation efforts such as recycling and looking out for native species that they can help to conserve in their neighbourhoods and gardens.
Claire Oldham, Head of Discovery and Site Development here at Twycross Zoo says, “We are incredibly grateful to the CLA Charitable Trust for giving us transport funding for the Twycross Zoo After School Club and we will teach our sessions free of charge so there are no costs to these schools or parents. Our education programmes are a fundamental part of the zoo’s work and we want them to benefit as many children as possible which this grant is enabling.”
Peter Geldart, Director at the CLA Charitable Trust adds, “Twycross Zoo illustrates the wide variety of the membership of CLA, and of those people and organisations who benefit from its experience and advice. The CLA Charitable Trust was delighted to help to fund a programme developed by the Zoo to teach young people about the importance of the conservation of our natural habitat and its wildlife. Many of these youngsters might not otherwise have been able to visit Twycross Zoo and this excellent project will introduce them to new concepts.”